Palma.—A 20-year-old male suspect is due to appear before a remand hearing in Palma this afternoon to be questioned in connection with the torching of a series of parking meters and the mayor's BMW in Soller.

According to the Soller Local Police and the Guardia Civil, the individual was caught in the early hours of yesterday morning after a local resident reported seeing a man in a ski mask setting light to some parking meters.

Units from both security forces immediately headed to the scene and discovered seven vandalized and burnt parking meters.
The Local Police and the Guardia Civil mounted a massive search across the town and within minutes the young suspect was spotted and chased through the village with the suspect desperately trying to off-load any incriminating evidence by throwing items into gardens and terraces as he passed.

The Local Police initially caught him, but the suspect tried to resist arrests, but the Guardia Civil, once on scene, soon had the suspect under arrest.

During the c chase, the police managed to recover his ski mask, a torch and kitchen lighter.
He was immediately transferred to the Guardia Civil headquarters in Palma where, according to sources closet o the case, the individual apparently confessed to having set fire to the parking meters on Sunday night and the Mayor of Soller's car last week.

However, he was apparently quick to stress that he was not responsible for any previous acts of vandalism in the village.
While the young man remained in police custody yesterday, the Guardia Civil are continuing with their investigation into the torching of the Mayor's car because two people were caught on CCTV carrying out the act.